Charges still piling up for alleged thief

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A man arrested for breaking into two local businesses and stealing equipment to sell now has additional charges.

During an interview with Webster Parish Sheriff’s investigators, Michael Joe Reeves of Minden allegedly confessed to a break-in at the 400 block of SandPlant Road in July and August of 2022.

“Reeves entered the property without authorization from the owner and stole numerous tools and 12 firearms,” Sheriff Jason Parker said. “He pawned a quantity of the tools at local pawnshops.”

Parker said at first Reeves reportedly denied stealing the firearms, however, he eventually told investigators where they were stored.

Reeves is now charged with simple burglary, theft of firearms and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Previous charges include 2 counts of simple criminal damage and simple burglary and an outstanding warrant for illegal possession of stolen things.

Reeves admitted to breaking into a business on La. Hwy. 531 and one on Sibley Road, stealing items to sell and telling investigators he has “‘a very bad crack cocaine addiction’ and was stealing the items to support his habit.”

Parker said there may be more charges to come in this case.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.